British Princess Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, attends a reception in Berlin, Germany, on July 20, 201
LONDON – Prince George and Princess Charlotte will soon have a little sister brother. On Monday morning, London time, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, 36, went into the early stages of labor and was taken to the Lindo wing of the Marienkrankenhaus, the same place where she had her other two children, Kensington Palace , Her husband, Prince William, 35, was at her side.
Despite the overshadowed upcoming upcoming royal event, the cry for the birth of the royal baby has increased in recent weeks.
This is largely due to the park authorities.
Kensington Palace said the baby was due in April, but they never gave it their exact due date. But at the beginning of this month, yellow signs appeared outside the Lindo Wing. April announced park restrictions due to an "event". As students of royal baby births know, this was code for the Royal. Infant. Clock. Is. On.
A group of stubborn royal fans quickly turned into Union Jack clothing and immediately made their way to St. Mary's Hospital, just a short drive from Dukes and Ducess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. For days they have been sleeping on benches and in tents outside the hospital, talking to journalists with baby names and looking at the door of the private maternity ward where Kate is going to give birth.
"If it's a boy, they might call it Philip Michael, Philip after the Duke, and Michael after Catherine's father," mused John Loughrey, 63. "If it's a girl, it would be nice if they call it Elizabeth , after the Queen or Victoria or Mary, "he said.
Former chef, along with a handful of other royal fans, has slept in a red tent outside the Lindo Wing since 9 April. He also said that the staff of the hospital had been generous and offered them showers, coffee and food.
Certainly, the royal baby fever never really rose to the high temperatures reached when Kate, as the Duchess is called, gave birth to her first child. Yes, the British satirical magazine "Private Eye" has impressively published on the front page "Woman Has Baby" in response to the birth of George, but their delightfully ironic reaction was to be expected.
In 2013, the nation was seized with news of the birth of George, where journalists from around the world camped outside the hospital for the Great Kate Wait. The day of birth was greeted by prime-time specials and media coverage face-to-face. And that was only in the United States.
But a royal baby is still a royal baby, even if it's the third. Attention will soon be drawn to the name of Baby Cambridge, which may not be announced immediately. George was two days old when the world heard of his name.
Fortunately, British bookmakers, who are betting on almost everything, are here to fill this gap. If the baby is a girl then Alice, Mary and Victoria are the hot favorites. If a boy, then Arthur, Albert and Jack are top picks. And to be fair to the bookmakers, George and Charlotte were two of their top picks for the other Cambridge kids.
"Alice is trendy for the middle and upper classes at the moment – it's not quite boring like Elizabeth or Mary and the other names known to Royals," said Rupert Adams, a spokesman for bookmaker William Hill. He said that for Prince George they took about 1 million pounds in bets; for Charlotte it was about 800,000 pounds.
"We would be pleased if we got 600,000 this time," he said. "It's the third child."
Last year, William quit his job as an air ambulance pilot and he and Kate took the family from their Norfolk home and moved to Kensington Palace in central London. George started last year in Battersea in the south of London, and earlier this year Charlotte started in a kindergarten near the palace.
The latest edition of the Cambridge family will be in fifth place after Charlemagne, William, George and George. The new inheritance law, which came into effect in 2015, means that the new baby will not overtake Charlotte, even if it is a boy.
Prince Harry, unfortunately, a score will be pushed to the sixth in line. But we suspect that he will not emerge from the limelight of the media too long.
Within seconds of hearing that Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, had been hospitalized, Twitter broke out. The hashtag #RoyalBaby started to trend in the UK. Others used the hashtag # GreatKateWait3 to share their excitement and speculate as to whether William and Kate's third child would be a boy or a girl.
The sex of the third child was not the only thing that was debated in the social media on Monday morning. Many wondered how much the Royal Baby would weigh, when he or she would arrive, and what the all-important name would be.
"My guess – boy named Arthur or Jack," wrote one user. "Prince George weighed 8lb 6oz and a Princess Charlotte 8lb 3oz, so I'd like to change my #royalbaby weight prediction to 8 lbs," tweeted another.
Others were a little less traditional in their views and opinions. "I tell you, it will be Thor or She-Ra #royalbaby #YouHeardItHereFirst."
When the Royal Baby Fever exploded in the UK, some seemed less confused. "The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant, I did not know," wrote a Twitter user.
Jennifer Hassan in London contributed to this report.